Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets - 1/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets - 1/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets - 1/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Rockets defeated the Magic 116-98 at the Amway Center in Orlando.

Harden is averaging 32.3 points and 9.1 assists per game.

"This was a good day".

There won't be much time to rest up for the Rockets and the Golden State Warriors when the two play on Thursday in a nationally televised matchup (TNT) that could very well serve as a Western Conference Finals preview.

Then, when Harden and Mbah a Moute both come back (hopefully) on the 15th, the Rockets will be back to full strength, and this time, stay that way. Kuzma delivered the Lakers that lead with his second 3-pointer down the stretch, but after Gerald Green pulled Houston even with a corner trey with 7.7 seconds left, Kuzma missed his subsequent 3-point attempt, forcing overtime.

Now they will try to cope with the absence of star James Harden for at least the next two weeks. "The switching forced a lot of one-on-one and we weren't able to get any separation or any penetration". The Orlando Magic are averaging 104.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 110 points on 46.7 percent shooting.

The Magic missed 16 of their first 18 shots and fell behind by 15 points before the end of the first quarter.

Paul has played in only 18 games this season for the Rockets, but the veteran understands it's not how you are playing in January that matters, but how your team is performing in May and June.

With Paul leading the way, the Rockets aren't going to suddenly fall apart, but in terms of the race for the top spot in the West, it could be all over by the time Harden gets back on the court. It was kind of like, 'Are we taking too many threes?' We kept asking that question and we didn't know. It's far easier to make the case for Harden over Cleveland's LeBron James, for example, if Houston's offense, point differential and record are better than everyone besides Golden State.

"We will definitely have to adjust how we play, the man averages 30 points a game", Paul said. The Magic rank 28th in offensive rebounding percentage (19.4 percent), while Houston ranks third in defensive rebounding percentage (80.4 percent).

"When you're not making shots, everything in the game gets harder", noted Magic coach Frank Vogel. He said: "About to get the Hammy treated". "I don't care. It could be 20".

Houston Rockets key player James Harden will be sidelined for at least two weeks after hurting his hamstring in a previous game.

Steph Curry hasn't missed a beat after missing 11 games with an ankle injury in averaging 35 points per game in his two games since returning.

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